The Mermaid Collective’s play Dive is a visceral experience at Toronto’s Array Space
Dive, presented by The Mermaid Collective and playing at The Array Space, lives up to its billing as “a visceral experience” in telling the story of two men conflicted by love and loss and how one man’s encounter with an enchanting mermaid in his youth shaped the rest of his life.
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Guild Festival Theatre presents a contemporary Romeo & Juliet in Toronto’s Guild Park
Guild Festival Theatre’s contemporary production of Romeo & Juliet at the Greek Stage in Guild Park has a slew of commendable performances and impressively high production values, especially considering that it’s set outdoors.
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Phenomenal performances in Randolph Academy’s Toronto production of rock musical Spring Awakening
It’s no secret that Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s rock musical about the trials and tribulations of sexually repressed teens in 19th century Germany – is one of my favourite plays of all time. So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Randolph Academy’s production of the play – cast with actual teenagers – I was delighted.
After seeing it, I’m kind of torn about how I feel about the Randolph Academy production. On the one hand, there are several really phenomenal performances in it and I loved the multi-harmonied sound of the full cast in some of the group numbers. On the other hand there are an equal number of moments where the staging is flat (and so are the singers).
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The Last Five Years, a musical about love lost plays at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto
I’m a big fan of the musical The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown’s complex and emotional roller-coaster ride through five years in the lives of two lovers, whose doomed relationship is told two ways. Specifically, he tells the story chronologically while she tells it backwards, allowing for them to meet only once in the very middle. It’s a good pick for the Toronto Summer Music Festival to put on at the Isabel Bader Theatre, as the score can really live and die based on how adept its leads are at carrying a vast range of weighty emotion.
Thankfully, this production more than does justice to the material.
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Animal Nature, a uniquely staged puppet show for all ages, plays in Toronto park
A caribou recites poetry. An orca serves as an ark. A bear fights an excavator. A possum plays dead (as you may have guessed). These things and more can be seen at Animal Nature, a musical puppet show running in Dufferin Grove Park until August 16.
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Live Theatre under $25 in Toronto the Week of July 28, 2015
This week is all about Shakespeare! If you’re looking for a little romance, a little comedy, a little drama, the Bard has got it all, and for under 25 dollars to boot! Check out our Cheap Theatre picks this week.
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Wrecking Ball’s topical show sheds light on police brutality on the Toronto stage
Wrecking Ball is a series that presents political theatre about a immediate topic in current events. This means that the pieces presented on any given night are written and rehearsed hastily and with no budget. This has obvious drawbacks in terms of quality, but it also gives artists freer reign to do cutting-edge work and say things that might be otherwise censored for fear of offending funders. At its best, Wrecking Ball gives us short plays that speak vibrant truth and asks relevant questions. Unfortunately, #deadcoonTO was not its best. Continue reading Review: Wrecking Ball #18: #deadcoonTO: Police Brutality (Wrecking Ball)
Shows That Caught Our Eye the Week of July 27th, 2015
It’s shaping up to be a rich summer of Shakespeare here in Toronto, with several of the Bard’s works set to play this week. But be it comedy or tragedy, musical theatre or cerebral drama, there’s a little something for everyone here to help beat the heat. We’ve highlighted those we’d most like to see in red text. Check them out and see if they strike your fancy too!
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Propeller Arts Project presents theatre “that demands to be seen” at the Ada Slait Hall in Toronto
In trying to describe a natural force outside the bounds of human comprehension, one poet managed to inspire generations. Niágara: a Pan-American Story by Propeller Arts Projects with PANAMANIA, playing at the Ada Slaight Hall is a love-story, a history lesson, and a meditation on nature and poetry that is gorgeous, moving, and memorable.
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The Short Short Play Festival takes place on the second floor of The Social Capital Theatre. When I went, the room was packed with people sipping beer and chatting as much as possible before the lights dimmed. The theatre was prepped for a fun night with a fully-stocked bar dishing out drinks, a popcorn machine, short shorts dangling from the ceiling, and programs with crossword puzzles on the back. I believe six across is “Wedge.” With drinks, snacks, and brain teasers, I was already set for a good time. Three short short plays were the extra bit of something to make my night memorable.
Continue reading Review: The Short Short Play Festival – Remembrance, What Fresh Hell Is This?, Courting (Social Capital Theatre)